The Hoa Mai Vietnamese Bilingual Preschool is the result of a deep and purposeful collaboration between the Vietnamese Friendship Association (VFA), Sound Child Care Solutions (SCCS), and Artspace. Each organization contributed unique strengths and experiences to this partnership. VFA has a positive reputation serving the Vietnamese and other refugee and immigrant communities in Southeast Seattle, SCCS has a wealth of experience providing high-quality early-learning programs to seven centers across Seattle, and Artspace has a wonderful history of creating affordable live/work space for artists and their families. Taken together, you can rest assured that Hoa Mai will provide the best educational, cultural and social experience for your child and family.
Vietnamese Friendship Association: VFA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1978 to help Vietnamese refugees and immigrants adjust to life in the US after the Vietnam War. Currently, VFA’s programs and services focus on four core areas: 1) supporting students to be college- or career-ready; 2) strengthening families to be self-reliant and successful; 3) developing leaders so the Vietnamese community is heard and represented; and 4) engaging with diverse communities to share our culture and learn from others. Their mission is to empower the Vietnamese community to succeed while bridging, preserving, and promoting cultural heritage.
Sound Child Care Solutions: SCCS strives for excellence by intentionally integrating child-centered, high quality, anti-bias early childhood education with effective business practices to create a stable organization that consistently serves children and families. They serve all children with a commitment to ensuring that low income children have real opportunities at each center. They support children’s home language and culture, honoring and integrating families as children’s first and most important teacher. SCCS’ mission is to educate children for life by deeply integrating child-centered, high quality, anti-biased, early childhood education with excellent business practices.
Artspace: Established in 1979 to serve as an advocate for artists’ space needs, Artspace effectively fulfilled that mission for nearly a decade. By the late 1980s, however, it was clear that the problem required a more proactive approach, and Artspace made the leap from advocate to developer. Since then, the scope of Artspace’s activities has grown dramatically. Artspace is now a national leader in the field of developing affordable space that meets the needs of artists through the adaptive reuse of historic buildings and new construction. Artspace’s mission is to create, foster, and preserve affordable space for artists and arts organizations